Hout Bay Community Day Centre Statement

clinic statement

 

 

The Hout Bay Partnership both respects and supports the views held by the Hout Bay Community Health Forum as a diverse representation of our community. To this end, the Hout Bay Partnership recognizes a single centrally located facility with expanded services, to replace the existing inadequate health facilities, will better serve all people in Hout Bay.

 

 

 

 

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN (Ward 74)

30 NOVEMBER 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

CITY & PROVINCE RE-EXPLORING SITE FOR NEW HOUT BAY COMMUNITY DAY CENTRE

The Western Cape Government’s (WCG) Health Department is reviewing the viability of a new and much needed extended services Community Day Centre (CDC) which may be built on the site of the old bowling green and associated parking area and buildings.

The erven to be re-examined for possible use are Erf 3779, the actual bowling green, and a portion of the adjacent Erf 1033. The precise position and footprint of the possible CDC will depend on the extent and location of the existing Milkwood trees and the 30m ecological buffer zone between the proposed CDC and the surrounding residential area.

The WCG Health Department together with the WCG Transport and Public Works Department would need to undertake the necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and would have to apply for rezoning in line with the planning and design of the facility.

The current play park area which runs along Main Road and is located on Erven 1035 RE & 1036 as well as Erf 1034 where the Lions Club Sunday Market is held, would not be affected in any way.

Community engagements regarding the new facility were undertaken in 2014 and 2015. Historically there were strong opinions about the location and in some instances disagreement about the need for one facility.

There has over the past year been a growing understanding that one facility is economically more viable and would encourage much needed integration. There has also been a growing acknowledgment that the proposed site is the only site which is viable and satisfies location, access, safety as well size requirements.

For these reasons, the conversation was restarted by the newly elected Ward Councillor with Province and the Hout Bay Community Health Forum. The forum comprises staff from the two current clinics, retired and active doctors and medical practitioners as well as NGO’s working with vulnerable groups.

A meeting was recently held where the Forum agreed that the proposed site was the only practical site available for a new facility and they in turn invited NGO’s from the communities in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu, as well as religious organizations and other health interest parties to their AGM where the proposed site was adopted in principal by the community representatives. Public interaction is ongoing and a wider community engagement is underway and will be facilitated by the Councillor in early 2017.

The site has in the past provided challenges for the City and Province as the primary health care facility, which is intended for the suburb, requires a comprehensive list of requirements to be satisfied. Criterion for a CDC include a central location that is within 5km of the communities it serves. This poses a challenge as the CDC is aimed at providing integrated health care to the Hout Bay Valley area, Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg. For this reason, many possible options are deemed unsuitable as they fall out of the required distance parameter. The site of a CDC would also need to have a minimum size, be above flood lines as well as have main road access for emergency vehicles and would ideally be owned by a government department. All of these criteria ruled out the other vacant sites in Hout Bay and the only site which satisfies all requirements is Erf 3779, and a portion of the adjacent Erf 1033.

The City of Cape Town is a caring City, and is aware of the concerns of interest and activity groups who utilize the community facilities at the bowling club as well as the groups who have earmarked surrounding space for the development of a United Park of Hout Bay.

To that effect, engagement is underway with WCG Health Department to find potential solutions whereby the current facilities are possibly retained and incorporated into the design layout of the new CDC and are therefore able to keep accommodating the groups, and that the footprint of the CDC minimizes impact on park surrounds. It is hoped that with this compromise in mind, Hout Bay would be able to enjoy two community spaces that encourage and enable integration.

A Community Day Centre and a park, co-existing side by side, could achieve two of the City’s strategic objectives, the Caring City and the Inclusive City.

WCG Health is committed to building a functional facility with a possible extended-hour option that operates in daytime hours, offers a comprehensive package of health care including optometry, dentistry and oral hygiene as well as counselling. The two current clinics are situated in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu and are both inadequately sized, designed and staffed for the communities they serve.

The new proposed CDC would replace these two clinics and house all the staff from the current facilities. This would create a better equipped and staffed facility that is centrally located and utilized by all of Hout Bay’s residents.

Furthermore, the WCG Health Department has committed to providing an aesthetically appealing building, in line with its several architectural and design award winning facilities elsewhere in the province.
Media Enquiries:
Councillor Roberto Quintas
Email: roberto.quintas@capetown.gov.za
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